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Quick Left Over Tart

This recipe is a delish way to use up any of your leftovers, especially from platters or charcuterie boards if you have been entertaining or just like your afternoon nibbles with some wine. This tart can easily be adjusted depending on what you have in the fridge or cupboard as well as to your tastes. It is a bit of a mix between an antipasto platter, a pizza and a salad. It may sound weird, but trust us, you can’t go wrong. You can eat it all by yourself, or cut it into smaller pieces to share with friends. It is simple to make, just requires you to raid your fridge or make some food combination decisions.

You do not require all the ingredients listed, they are just options for what you could use. There are plenty more options out there so feel free to get creative. 

Left Over Tart

This recipe is ideal for when you have some left overs you want to use up in the fridge. It is also great in summer as it does not have to be eaten piping hot!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Servings 2


  • 2 sheets store bought puff pastry
  • 200 grams cream cheese spreadable or softened
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • Flour for dusting

Border Options - adjust or omit depending on your flavour preferences

  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp finely grated parmesan cheese

Topping Options- adjust depending on what leftovers your have or to taste

  • Smoked salmon strips
  • Shredded chicken or roast BBQ chicken
  • Ham
  • Prosciutto
  • Asparagus spears
  • Pickled onion
  • Red onion finely sliced
  • Roast Vegetables (pumpkin, carrot, sweet potato, capsicum)
  • Cucumber ribbons place in iced water to keep crisp
  • Shallots finely chopped
  • Avocado diced
  • Mushrooms fried in butter
  • Sundried tomato
  • Fresh tomato
  • Capsicum
  • Stuffed bell peppers
  • Capsicum strips
  • Spinach or rocket
  • Fetta or goats cheese
  • Infused olive oil- garlic, lemon or chilli
  • Herbs of choice- dill, parsley, basil, oregano, lemon zest etc


  • Preheat oven to 180℃.
  • Lay the two sheets of pastry on top of each other. Use a rolling pin (see notes) to gently roll out the pastry and to join together.
  • Prick the pastry with a fork several times all over.
  • Beat the egg lightly to create egg wash. Brush over pastry so it is covered. This will help to get a beautiful golden colour. If you are short on eggs, you could use a tablespoon of milk in its place. If you don’t have a pastry brush you can use a spoon, flat knife or a fork to distribute over the pastry.
  • Mix together the border ingredients you want to use in a bowl, and sprinkle around the outside edge to create a border. (see notes if using garlic).
  • Place in the oven and bake until golden brown. This will vary depending on your oven, as smaller ovens tend to cook faster. Approx 10-20 minutes (see notes) Once golden, remove from the oven.
  • Spread the softened cream cheese across the pastry. Be generous.
  • Now you can add your toppings by layering. Start with your meat/s, followed by vegetables, finishing with herbs and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Now you can slice and serve.


Notes 1- Cucumber ribbons
You can easily create vegetable ribbons with your vegetable peeler.
Notes 2- Rolling pin
If you are not travelling with a rolling pin, you can use a tumbler, round cup or glass instead.
Notes 3- Cook time - Garlic
If you like your pastry really golden, I would suggest adding your garlic to the border partway through the cooking process, as the garlic can easily burn which can leave an unpleasant taste.
Notes 4- Pairings
In the image for this recipe, we have used ham,  red onion, shallots, fetta, fried mushrooms and roasted pumpkin.
Smoked salmon pairs well with dill, cucumber ribbons and some lemon zest.

Don't have an oven in your setup?

We have only tried cooking the pastry in an oven, but with the right settings and accessories on your BBQ, we are sure you could do this in your BBQ too. Please refer to your BBQ manual or website for directions on how to best achieve this.